Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band

Joel Karp, Trombone

Joel Karp, Trombone Joel has played trombone since the 8th grade in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He studied with John Coffee, who was internationally known as a trombonist and educator. In high school, he played in a small group with Chick Corea, who played trumpet and piano. The four-piece group, known as the Chicky Corea Orchestra, played school dances and various gigs in the Boston area. Joel performed with the Teenage Jazz Club Big Band. The band was directed by Everett Longstreth, and rehearsed weekly at the Berklee School of Music. The band performed at Boston's Storyville, one of the most famous jazz clubs of all time.

Joel has a BSEE degree from MIT, where he continued his musical association with Chick Corea in a jazz sextet that rehearsed weekly at MIT, and performed in concert at MIT and other venues. He also performed with the MIT Concert Jazz Band.

Joel moved to California in the mid '60s. He is now retired after a long distinguished career as a semiconductor engineer and executive. He was the first circuit designer hired by Intel (employee #20).

Joel was a charter member of the Full Faith & Credit Big Band. He participated in several recordings (Debut, Jazzfaire, and Mistletoe Magic) and performed numerous times at various Bay Area venues with the band.

Joel currently lives in Atherton. In addition to playing trombone with Full Spectrum, he is currently playing with the Bob Enos Soundwave, and the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Fred Berry. He often subs with the Touch of Brass Big Band and the San José Jazz Orchestra.



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